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Sailing 35th America’s Cup: Emirates Team New Zealand wins two more Races; Moves to Match Point

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Morning all!
The Challenger Emirates Team New Zealand moved within one victory of claiming the 35th America’s Cup after winning Races 7 and 8 on Sunday afternoon in Bermuda.
They won both Starts and Defender Oracle Team USA was never allowed to get back into the Races.
Roundup here:
My Thoughts
Oracle Team USA Helmsman & Skipper Jimmy Spithill sounded like a beaten man in his Interview after Race 8.
Daniel G.
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Sailing: 35th America’s Cup presented by Louis Vuitton Day 4 LIVE BLOG

Afternoon all!
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I guess this is it. If the Americans want to have any chance of retaining their Cup they have to win two Races today. For New Zealand it’s quite simple: They need to win 3 more Races. Can Oracle Team USA built on yesterdays Race 6 win, can Emirates Team New Zealand get to Match Point?
Preview of Day 4 is here:
Stick around to find out!
Crew Lists Race 1
Oracle Team USA
Skipper/Helmsman — Jimmy Spithill
Wing Trimmer — Kyle Langford
Tactician/Grinder — Tom Slingsby
Grinder — Louis Sinclair
Grinder — Kinley Fowler
Grinder — Ky Hurst
Emirates Team New Zealand
Helmsman/Tactician — Peter Burling
Skipper/Wing Trimmer — Glenn Ashby
Cyclor/Foil Trimmer — Blair Tuke
Cyclor — Andy Maloney
Cyclor — Josh Junior
Cyclor — Simon van Velthooven
The Live Blog starts the moment this piece is uploaded.
Daniel G.
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Sailing 35th America’s Cup: Oracle Team USA fights back; Emirates Team New Zealand still leads 4-1

Oracle Team USA, right, and Emirates Team New Zealand split two America’s Cup races on Saturday. The Kiwis lead, 4-1, in the first-to-seven series. CreditMike Segar/Reuters
Morning all!
After a 5-Day Break the 35th America’s Cup Match presented by Louis Vuitton resumed on Saturday with both Teams getting a WIN. What was obvious yesterday the American Defenders have sped up their Boat significantly to match the Kiwis Speed. Oracle lost the first Race of the Day by having gotten two Penalties. The first one of the Starting Line when they crossed it too early and the second one by not keeping clear after the Kiwis dialed them down on the first upwind Leg.
Race 6 was the tightest Race of the Series thus far with the leads changing multiple times during the 7 Leg Course with Oracle Team USA coming away with an 11 Secs win.
America’s Cup Day 3 Round-Up here:
My Thoughts
It looks like we might have a boat Race now but I think the early lead the Kiwis have had after the first weekend will stand. I think Oracle Team USA has run out of time this year.
Daniel G.
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Sailing 35th America’s Cup Match presented by Louis Vuitton Day 3 LIVE BLOG

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Afternoon all!
Today the battle for the 35th America’s Cup resumes. Emirates Team New Zealand, the Challenger leads Defender Oracle Team USA 3-0 heading into Race Day 3 of the America’s Cup Finals. Can the New Zealanders finish the job, can the Americans stage a Comeback?
Stick around and find out. The Races will once again be broadcasted on NBC National starting at 1pm ET.
Preview of Race Day 3 here
The LIVE BLOG on the PDog starts Now…..
Daniel G.
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The NY Mets’s will probably be changing faces…

They start off as they usually do….

Strong based on a good crew of pitchers…

But one by one those guys have bit the dust….

Added to the teams problems is their bats have silent, leaving tons of people hanging out on base unable to score…

So coach Terry Collins is probably gonna have to change it up on the Rooster….

The season has officially shifted on the Mets from one that had spring training talk of the World Series to now talk about selling veteran assets at next month’s trade deadline. While it’s not being said out loud, it’s clear it’s time to start over. With a farm system that is thin and veterans that are in their walk-year, they are ready to listen for offers on player like Curtis Granderson, Asdrubal Cabrera and Jay Bruce, an industry source confirmed an ESPN report.

They are looking to flip veteran players for prospects to rebuild from the minor leagues up, the industry source confirmed Friday.

“They aren’t out there shopping them yet,” the source said, “but they are open to listening to offers.”

They have to because this season is all but over.

Curtis Granderson, in final year of his 4-year deal with Mets, is a strong candidate to be dealt.

Curtis Granderson, in final year of his 4-year deal with Mets, is a strong candidate to be dealt. (MARK J. TERRILL/AP)

Thursday night, the Mets dropped to 10 games below .500 when they were swept by the Dodgers. They went into Friday night’s game with the Giants 12 games behind the Nationals in the division and 14.5 games out of the second wild card spot.

With three of their starters on the disabled list and Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey not expected back until at least late next month, the idea of a Mets’ turnaround has faded….

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2017 NBA first round Draft picks….

The night of the tall Million Dollar Men….

16  Freshmen picked….

A few players from Europe and Africa….

4 Duke players picked….

The 2017 NBA draft is being held today on June 22, 2017, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It will be televised nationally in the U.S. by ESPN. National Basketball Association (NBA) teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players….

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  1. Markelle Fultz
  2. Lonzo Ball
  3. Jayson Tatum
  4. Josh Jackson
  5. De’Aaron Fox

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College Basketball star Lonzo Ball has a daddy problem…

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Lonzo Ball is going to the ‘League’….National Basketball League…

But he is carrying his dad on his back…

And his dad won’t stop talking….And TALKING …..

Lonzo Ball sat behind a microphone inside a midtown Manhattan hotel Wednesday afternoon, reporters from around the world pointing tape recorders and video cameras in his direction and peppering him with questions. Given how camera-friendly Ball’s father, LaVar, has become in recent months, one could be forgiven for assuming his son would be similarly loquacious.

In the span of about three minutes, however, 16 questions were asked and answered by the former UCLA star. Most of his answers were roughly 10 words or less. All of his responses were polite, offered with a slight smile. The 19-year-old exhibited a polish rarely seen among even seasoned interview subjects — let alone among a room of teenagers on the eve of one of the biggest days of their lives.

Of course, LaVar was a popular topic.

“To tell you the truth? I don’t know,” Ball said with a smile and a shake of his head Wednesday, when asked how many times he’s been asked about his father. “Too many times.

“I’d like it to be [just about basketball]. But, living in reality, probably not.”…..

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Sailing 35th America’s Cup: Emirates Team New Zealand goes up 3-0 over Oracle Team USA after Day 2

Evening all!
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Have you seen the 2013 America’s Cup? 2017 is sounding awfully familiar maybe even more precarious for the Defender Oracle Team USA.
Emirates Team New Zealand took another 2 wins from 2 Races on Sunday to stretch their lead to 3-0 over the Americans. More importantly: They are now only 4 Wins away from bringing the oldest Trophy in International Sport back to the Sailing-crazy Nation of New Zealand.
Nothing really to be told from the Races on Sunday. The Kiwis just outraced the Americans, quite simple.
Read it all here:
My Thoughts
Unless Spithill & his gang pull another houdini on New Zealand I don’t see how they can win. I think the Cup goes back to New Zealand.
Daniel G.
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Sailing 35th America’s Cup: Advantage Emirates Team New Zealand after Day 1

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Emirates Team New Zealand lead Defender Oracle Team USA 1-0 after the first Day on Bermudas Great Sound on Saturday afternoon. Having to start at – 1 on the Scoreboard the Kiwis won two Races to put them up 1-0 in this first to 7 Points Series.
In the first Race Kiwi Helmsman Peter Burling managed to push Oracle Skipper & Helmsman James Spithill early over the Starting Line. The Americans had to slow down and let Emirates pass a lead Emirates Team New Zealand wouldn’t relinquish to the Finish although they made a big mistake at Gate 6 when they fell off their foils.
The second Race was quite similar. Burling won the start and building up a substantial lead only to see it evaporate shortly before Gate 5. Both boats had to do a quick gybe after the Mark rounding. Oracle fell off their foils, Emirates didn’t and that was it.
Read it all here:
My Thoughts
Emirates Team New Zealand seems to have a pretty big speed Advantage in light winds. If that stays until tomorrow expect the Kiwi Team to chalk up another 2 Points. For Oracle they must hope for more wind on Sunday otherwise things go downstream pretty fast.
Daniel G.
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Sailing the 35th America’s Cup Match presented by Louis Vuitton Day 1 LIVE BLOG

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This is it. The Battle for the 35th America’s Cup starts today and both Helmsman expecting quite a battle…
The 1st Start is scheduled for 1.12pm ET. A light breeze between 8-11 knots from the east is expected.
All Races can be seen on NBC National from 1pm ET
I’ll bringing you all the Action in this LIVE BLOG.
Daniel G.
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Jordan Brand Reveals Select Fall 2017 Retro Releases…

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Jordan Brand today reveals select styles from their upcoming fall 2017 collection, featuring a wide assortment of beloved retros. These foundational on-court gems have now begun a second lifespan off the hardwood, adding both uniqueness and versatility to the fashion forward, lifestyle driven collection.

The fall lineup begins with a premium edition of the Air Jordan 1 dressed in sleek black leather. This luxurious Jordan 1 transitions well into the gathering’s next feature, the Air Jordan 2 Decon. Stripped from its traditional leather construction in lieu of a lightweight suede, navy, black and tan colorways look to be on deck for the cool weather season.

Originally released in 1993, the Air Jordan 8 will have a strong showing come fall with both “Cement” and “Cool Grey” colorways scheduled to release. They’ll be trailed by the Air Jordan 11 Low IE “Fire Red” sample first seen on MJ during the 1996 NBA. The shoe will also release in a navy edition.

Lastly, the Air Jordan 13 “History of Flight” odes the model’s 20th anniversary in a white, red and black Bulls colorways…..

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Sailing 35th America’s Cup Match: Rematch of 2013 USA vs New Zealand

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Afternoon all!
2 Days and counting. On Saturday June 17th at 14.12 Local Bermudan Time, 13.12 ET and 9.12 PT the battle for the 35th America’s Cup will begin.
It will be a Rematch of the 34th America’s Cup in 2013 between Defender Oracle Team USA and the Challenger Emirates Team New Zealand. Back then Oracle Team USA came back from the brink of defeat beating Emirates Team New Zealand 9-8 after being down
1-8.
The big change between 2017 and 4 years ago are that we’ve smaller boats 50-foot compared to the big 72-foot Cats we’ve had in San Francisco. The other big change is that the boats will now spent almost 100% out of water flying around the Race Course. The Team who consistently spends nearly 100% out of the water will win the Races and ultimativly the 35th America’s Cup.
Team New Zealand made some big changes after that heartbreaking loss in 2013. While the Team is still run by General Manager & CEO Grant Dalton he handed over the Keys to the young Sailors who won the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in 2013. Among them is 26 year old Helmsman Peter Burling who won Gold at the Rio Olympics in the 49er Class with his mate Blair Tuke. Burling could become the youngest Helmsman to win the Cup. The lone Sailor from the 2013 Sailing Team still onboard the boat is Skipper & Wing Trimmer Glenn Ashby.
Defender Oracle Team USA kept their core group of Designers and Sailors. Notable absences are Grinder Jono Macbeth and Helmsman Sir Ben Ainslie who challenged unsuccessfully in Bermuda 2017 with the British Team Land Rover BAR.
The Team is still skippered by 37-year old Australian James “Jimmy” Spithill. His Go-To Guys will be Grinder/Tactician Tom Slingsby and Wing Trimmer Kyle Langford, both Key Members of the 2013 Defence.
By virtue of winning the America’s Cup Qualifiers on June 4th Oracle Team USA carries one bonus Point into the America’s Cup Match on Saturday which means Oracle has to win 7 Races to retain the Cup while the Challenger Emirates Team New Zealand has to win 8 Races to take the Cup back to New Zealand.
Daniel G.
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Odell Beckham Jr. back in camp and wants to be a Giant for life

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NY Giants are gonna have to do the ‘Right Thing’ and pay the man….

Odell Beckham Jr. came back to the Giants and said he never wants to leave.

About a week ago, co-owner John Mara told a Town Hall assemblage of fans that he wanted Beckham to be a Giant for the rest of his career. On Tuesday, Beckham’s first day back on the field with the team since his conspicuous absence from voluntary OTA workouts, the receiver said that would be fine with him.

“I think we’re on the same page there,” he said after the first practice of the three-day mandatory minicamp. “Obviously, this is one of the best organizations in the league and I would love to be here for the rest of my life.”

Good. That’s settled.

In an abstract way, at least. The reality is that Beckham has two seasons remaining on his rookie deal, will be underpaid compared to similarly productive wideouts in 2017, and was absent from voluntary OTAs the past three weeks. That last part caused many to connect dots — some of which Beckham seemingly placed there himself on social media — and assume he was angling for a new deal by staying away from the team…..

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Warriors Win the 2017 NBA Championship in Five Games….129-120

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The Cleveland Fav’s NEVER really had a chance THIS year…

The Golden State Warriors got ran over last year after having the lead….

But THIS year?

They aquired Kevin Durant as their muscle…

So the Warriors out ran the Cav’s in the first 3 games….

The Cav;’s  found some adrenaline in the last game and come out winners…(Kyrie Irving carried them on his back)

But in the end?

Lebron James could NOT do it all….

Even with more than 39 points…

The Golden State Warriors ARE the Champ’s…

And they clinched at home….

And tonight’s  game was pretty damn GOOD!

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Penguins beat Predators to claim second straight Stanley Cup title…

The Pittsburgh Penguins have become the first NHL team to win back-to-back Stanley Cup championships in nearly 20 years.

Patric Hornqvist corralled the rebound of a shot that had bounced off the end boards and banked it off the left arm of Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne with 95 seconds left in the third period Sunday to lift the Penguins to a 2-0 win and a six-game triumph in the Stanley Cup Final.

The goal by Hornqvist — formerly a member of the Predators — was challenged by Nashville on the basis of goaltender interference but the call on the ice was upheld and the goal was good. Carl Hagelin added an empty-net goal to clinch the victory.

It was the second straight game in which the Penguins shut out the Predators, who began the playoffs as the No. 8 seed in the West but won hearts and respect around the NHL for their resilience and grit as well as the exciting atmosphere created in Bridgestone Arena and around the city by fans who have fallen in love with the sport….

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Game 4 NBA Finals…Warriors Up 3 to Zip….

The Cleveland Cavaliers MUST form up behind Lebron James and somehow last long enough to ick out a win or it’s OVER!

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The 2017 N.B.A. finals may not have been particularly competitive so far, but the rubber match between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors has certainly captured the public’s interest, with ESPN reporting that the series has had the highest viewership for an N.B.A finals since 1998. With the Cavaliers on the brink of being eliminated on their home court, all eyes will be on Golden State to see if they can finish a perfect postseason.

■ The Warriors are trying to be the ninth team to complete a sweep of the N.B.A. finals and the first to do it without having lost a single playoff game. In his long career, LeBron James has only been swept out of the playoffs once, and that was in 2007 when Tim Duncan’s Spurs crushed James’s inexperienced and dramatically outgunned team in the finals.

■ Coming back from a 3-1 deficit last year was unprecedented, but the Cavaliers have an even bigger task this year, down 3-0. No N.B.A. team has ever come back from such a deficit in a seven-game series. It has been accomplished just four times in the N.H.L. and once in major league baseball.

■ The Cavaliers proved once again in Game 3 that when LeBron James and Kyrie Irving are at their absolute peak, they are able to keep up with or even surpass the Warriors. Unfortunately for Cleveland, they were only able to do that for 45 minutes, rather than all 48, with Coach Steve Kerr of the Warriors reassuring his players all game that they simply had to wait for the Cavaliers to wear down. For an upset in the game, or the series, Cleveland will have to find a way to have its stars go all out without running out of gas….

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